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Panthers' Smith: Small numbers, big impact vs. Falcons

Star Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith had a minimal impact on the stats sheet against the Falcons. But he still got the best of cornerback DeAngelo Hall when it counted.

Originally Published: September 23, 2007
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- To understand how much Steve Smith has grown as an elite wide receiver, all you have to do is look at the Carolina Panthers' 27-20 win over Atlanta on Sunday. Although Smith caught only one pass for 10 yards, he altered the game with his mere presence. With the Falcons focused on his every move, he created opportunities for other receivers. He drove Atlanta Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall batty in the third quarter. And he did all this without one single moment worthy of a "SportsCenter" ...

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